Monthly Archives: January 2017

Where there is no vision…?

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I recall visiting a rural church in the American South several years ago that had a banner stretched across the back wall of the sanctuary behind the pulpit. “Vision 1000!” it read, and I later asked the pastor what it meant. With a puffed chest and a wide smile he declared, “We’re believing for a thousand people to worship God out here in the country!” Based upon the traditional King James translation of Proverbs 29:18, this pastor felt that the Bible demanded that his flock have a tangible, measureable growth goal to work towards – a vision, if you will.

Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he. (Proverbs 29:18 KJV) [1] Continue reading

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What is the Eden Story Really Telling Us?

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Thinking about the problem of evil and sin, have you ever asked any of these questions?

  • Why is there evil?
  • Why does sin continue to plague humans, even after a faith experience?
  • Why Did God/YHVH require blood to atone for sin?
  • Why did Satan tempt Eve?
  • What would he truly get out of it?
  • If God/YHVH is all powerful, why did He require Jesus/Y’shua to die on the cross?  Why didn’t he just POOF! fix it?

For these and countless other questions, one must return to Eden and the events of Genesis 3, to consider the possibility that the Hebrew text therein suggests such incredible and disturbing things, that one must set aside doctrinal theories and theological systems to understand the literal blood struggle between the Holy Creator God/YHVH and the being of chaos/disorder/darkness known as Satan. This event in Eden appears to be the foundational element in understanding the plan of God/YHVH throughout time, as shown in the Scriptures. 

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Hebrew Bible Study Methodology

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It is the goal, or it should be the goal, of every serious Christian to learn to effectively study the Bible. Effective Bible study can be defined as the ability to do independent research in the Bible without the aid of commentaries. Hebrew is the foundation stone on which the Old Testament revelation was given to man. This was the linguistic vehicle that God chose to reveal Himself and His plan, for not only the Jew, but also for all of mankind. It is an accepted fact that a person cannot study the Old Testament in depth without a working understanding of the language of Hebrew. The same could and should be said about the New Testament because of certain facts that remain constant. Every single writer of the New Testament, with the possible exception of Luke, was a native speaker of a Semitic language. The Bible, both Old and New Testaments, is a Jewish manuscript. It is a book written by Jews, to Jews, not only pointing the way for a Jewish Messiah, but also showing how Jesus fulfilled the role as the Jewish Messiah. It is impossible to separate the way a person thinks from what he writes. It can be said then that the New Testament is Hebraic thought that has been clothed in Greek garments. In order to effectively see these thought patterns, a person must have at least some ability to handle Hebrew to unlock the rich storehouse of knowledge that is available to us as we study the New Testament.

For a sample of this book, click here.

For the print/paperback version, click here.

The End of Me

I saw a Facebook posting that really made me stop and think about existence and meaning, purpose and faith.  Consider this image for a few moments and then read on…
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Bible Study Notes

Here is a sample of note taking in the new Calvert Bible Study Journal. Check it out!

And we’re testing the new WordPress blog…

This is a test of the new FAITHTHINK WordPress blog. This is only a test. If this had been an actual posting, it would have contained actual useful and pertinent information. 

New FAITHTHINK blogs!

Calvert Biblical Institute is growing our media presence!  In January 2017 we are rolling new WordPress and Tumblr blogs.  Both of these will connect with our Facebook and main website, http://www.faiththink.org.  Check back often for updates!

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